Ideal Protein Diet - What do you pack for lunch for work?




HillaryJH
01-25-2013, 07:51 PM
Hey everyone,
I am starting IP soon and I need some tips as to what kind of food I should bring to work! I am an intern at a high school so I basically substitute all day and my schedule is always different. What are some good, portable, not "smelly" lunches that you pack to bring to work?


Calisto
01-25-2013, 08:00 PM
I drink the RTD chocolate drinks from Ideal Protein for breakfast and lunch. That way if I forget to get them cold, pop them in the freezer for 30-60 min and good to go!

Where I work I can get salad and veggies so I don't have to worry about packing that.

IP43
01-25-2013, 08:48 PM
I'm really not good at organizing myself in the morning, so I always buy a huge bag of prechopped salad and a few peppers or a cuke to leave in the fridge at work (I took over the crisper!LOL). I have my premade shakes, decaf coffee for the Keurig machine, and a stash of "bars" and pre-made puddings. I put a few cereal packs for a quick IP snack/lunch if I need it. I've actually kind of taken over a section on a book shelf with a dollar store basket with all my goodies in it and a big sign so no one thinks it's free food.
I have frozen soup purees that I can grab too, that I can nuke at lunch (without my IP soup in it). That lets me have a soup, salad and IP item (shake, bar or pudding) for a nice 3 course lunch


tam67green
01-25-2013, 10:05 PM
I work in schools, too, so I also don't have the opportunity to run out and get something for lunch--not that there is much that I can have in the fast food world, anyway! I always have a salad (usually just lettuce), and usually 2 c. of some raw veggies--celery and peppers are my regulars. Sometimes I will take leftover veggies from my meal the night before, if there are any left. But if you can't count on a microwave, then raw veggies are my go-to. I save my IP packet for later in the afternoon, because I just can't go from lunch to dinner without eating something. I used to get home from work and spend the rest of the evening grazing! Explains how I got to the point of needing IP, huh? :rolleyes:

lisa32989
01-25-2013, 10:17 PM
I'm a teacher. I started the school year bringing IP soups with added veggie puree in a thermos. I also brought celery or cukes.

When I got tired of this, I started bringing a salty restricted with stir-fried veggies (which required a microwave to heat)

Lately I've been taking IP potato/zucchini muffins and also another cup of veggies (varying between hot & cold)

For some reason, I end up HUNGRIER if I eat salad at lunch. I'm not sure why but its been like this for YEARS. It just isn't a good lunch for me.

I tend to eat the same thing for lunch A LOT.

WorldTraveleronIP
01-25-2013, 10:40 PM
I buy a Costco bag of romaine lettuce and clean and spin it all dry then pack it in large ziploc bags into the fridge. Ialso buy radishes, cucumbers and celery and prewash them.
Each morning:
I take a 2 cup container and add romaine (sometimes spring greens also) then I chop cucumber, radish and celery and put it in the salad container with a drizzle of WF sesame ginger or EVOO. I grab an IP soup and a mug and put it in my lunch bag.

I store my salad in the fridge at work(add my sea salt at lunch time). With my soup, I use warm water out of our water filter, mix the soup with a spoon and then add hot water to it. I'm happy with my lunch and tend to eat the same thing each day.

The potato puree is great because you can pour that into a bowl, add 2 oz hot water and stir to make instant mashed potatoes. I have also pre-peeled and sliced a zucchini in a container with 1 TBSP WF pancake syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon-stored that in the fridge until lunch, then microwaved it for 2 minutes for faux apple.

Those are my usual lunches. Lots more ideas on the thread "what are you eating today ipeeps"

IP43
01-25-2013, 10:53 PM
Zuchinni and cinnamon/maple syrup?? Now I'm intrigued!....

WorldTraveleronIP
01-25-2013, 10:55 PM
Zuchinni and cinnamon/maple syrup?? Now I'm intrigued!....

It's sooo good! It was posted by "Wuv" as faux apple on the recipe threads. I can imagine apple when I eat it. You peel and slice zucchini (scoop out any seeds), then put in a microwavable bowl and add some spices. Her recipe called for splenda, cinnamon and nutmeg, but I don't have splenda, so I used WF pancake syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg and microwaved it (covered) for about 2 minutes. It was YUMMY. So, I alternate that with salads during the week for lunch. It's kind of nice to eat veggies sweet sometimes :)

Cheekyskeeter
01-26-2013, 09:57 AM
I bring a salad with my two cups of veggies for lunch every day. I love salad at lunch. I also have stocked my desk with bars and keep pudding and shakes in the fridge for my snacks.

HillaryJH
01-26-2013, 10:02 AM
WOW!

These are some great ideas! I am so glad to hear there are other teachers out there on IP. I especially love the idea of taking over a space with a small basket of IP foods.

I think one of my greatest fears about falling off the bandwagon is having feelings of starvation (especially early on in the program) and not having anything IP compliant and then grabbing food in the faculty room to fulfill my hunger. So if I know that I have a couple of extra packets stored away for such an occasion, I have no excuse to go off program.

I DO have a question about the soup and puree! Do you add the puree to the soup just before you microwave or do you eat it separately? How do you like the consistency?

Lizzy63
01-26-2013, 10:23 AM
For phase 1, it was spinach salad - 2 cups of spinach, sometimes other veggies, a couple of ounces of meat (leftover from dinner or precooked chicken), and vinegar/oil dressing. 2 months into maintenance, still the same, but I add an apple or two, and maybe a protein bar for snacks.

AnnaBoBanna
01-26-2013, 11:51 AM
I bring cut veggies to snack on, hard boiled egg whites, lettuce salads, spinach salads, stir fry. For meat, I like doing seasoned ground beef with hot sauce. I eat it over a big salad, or add in some fresh salsa for a quick chili type of thing.

I have also really enjoyed buffalo chicken meatballs, or I do regular chicken. Maybe steak tips.

I think it helps that I don't mind eating cold meat! If I don't have time to microwave, I just pick a piece up and nom LOL.

IdealProteinNewbie
01-26-2013, 11:55 AM
I bring cut veggies to snack on, hard boiled egg whites, lettuce salads, spinach salads, stir fry. For meat, I like doing seasoned ground beef with hot sauce. I eat it over a big salad, or add in some fresh salsa for a quick chili type of thing.

I have also really enjoyed buffalo chicken meatballs, or I do regular chicken. Maybe steak tips.

I think it helps that I don't mind eating cold meat! If I don't have time to microwave, I just pick a piece up and nom LOL.

Great ideas!

I did a "shout-out" for you the other day on the Daily but I don't know if you saw it...how's your re-start going?

AnnaBoBanna
01-26-2013, 12:17 PM
Blech :-( I was weak and relapsed. So many restarts! LOL. I hate being addicted to food!

AnnaBoBanna
01-26-2013, 12:21 PM
I had a death in the family and it through me for a loop. I know it's just an excuse, but my mind said, "It's okay Anna. Take this week off and restart on the weekend". I knew it was wrong, but I did it! I need to find that spark that originally helped me get on the wagon. SOMETHING to help me push through the justifications in my head.

lisa32989
01-26-2013, 12:39 PM
WOW!

These are some great ideas! I am so glad to hear there are other teachers out there on IP. I especially love the idea of taking over a space with a small basket of IP foods.

I think one of my greatest fears about falling off the bandwagon is having feelings of starvation (especially early on in the program) and not having anything IP compliant and then grabbing food in the faculty room to fulfill my hunger. So if I know that I have a couple of extra packets stored away for such an occasion, I have no excuse to go off program.

I DO have a question about the soup and puree! Do you add the puree to the soup just before you microwave or do you eat it separately? How do you like the consistency?
I mixed the soup, poured it into a 2 c Pyrex cup with the purée, heated it all together in the microwave, then poured into my thermos for lunch. I probly wouldn't have ever liked the soups alone. Purées make them yummy.

And I have back-up packets in my desk drawer, in my car, in my husband's car, in my purse, and an extra in my lunch bag. I understand that fear of hunger and had one time that I didn't have anything with me and got that low blood sugar feeling. I'm prepared now & that won't happen again.

HillaryJH
01-26-2013, 01:51 PM
I mixed the soup, poured it into a 2 c Pyrex cup with the purée, heated it all together in the microwave, then poured into my thermos for lunch. I probly wouldn't have ever liked the soups alone. Purées make them yummy.

Thanks for the info on the puree. I have been searching IP forums to see if adding a veggie puree to an IP soup packet is just as simple as it seems.

GeauxTigers82
01-26-2013, 02:30 PM
I do a bar and coffee for breakfast.

I make the IP rotini at night and sauté 1 c veggies (mushrooms, zucchini) in evoo and garlic. I put it in a Tupperware and stick it in the frig for the next day. I also cut up 1 c of cucumbers to snack on in between lunch and dinner.

I usually drink a rtd at night after dinner.

I am a teacher, too, so I need the routine and this works for me.

IdealProteinNewbie
01-26-2013, 07:08 PM
I had a death in the family and it through me for a loop. I know it's just an excuse, but my mind said, "It's okay Anna. Take this week off and restart on the weekend". I knew it was wrong, but I did it! I need to find that spark that originally helped me get on the wagon. SOMETHING to help me push through the justifications in my head.

So sorry to hear that. Do what you can and know that you're taking care of yourself by getting back OP.

Good luck!

Paint Lady
01-26-2013, 08:02 PM
Go cup salad. Mix oil and vinegar in a mason jar. Add 2 cups of your veggies like cucumber, bell peppers, mushrooms, whatever. Fill jar to the top with lettuce. When it's time to eat, shake it all up. The dressing is at the bottom, so your lettuce doesn't get all shriveled up before it's time to eat. You can mix up a week's worth of these and they will keep in the refrigerator. Makes it really easy to just grab and go. Goes great with a RTD shake. Keep extra packets handy, just in case. School is infamous for fundraising temptations... such as World's Finest Chocolate! ;)

scorbett1103
01-26-2013, 08:07 PM
Thanks for the info on the puree. I have been searching IP forums to see if adding a veggie puree to an IP soup packet is just as simple as it seems.

Doesn't get much simpler once you have made the puree - just mix up the soup packet as per the directions, then add your puree and heat it up a little in the microwave. It thickes the soups up well AND you get your veggies in!

California Kathy
01-27-2013, 11:22 PM
Nice to see how you all prep your lunches. I got a few good tips from reading these. I too, keep a space in my desk drawer and a separate space in the lunch room to store packs of puddings ( which I use for shakes by adding more water. I want the collagen ) . I store sea salt , garlic flavored olive oil for salad, dried garlic in one of the plastic grinders it comes in, and Chai tea bags from Stash Tea. I also keep some persian cucumbers and a couple heads of romaine lettuce in the fridge in crisper drawer. Nomally, I pack my lunch the night before, which is a head of romaine lettuce and a pack of WF dressing, veggies that I cooked the night before at dinner, and a pudding pack to make a shake. I drink a vanilla pudding pack with hot, hot hot water and instant coffee in it for breakfast on my way to work. It's my Starbucks replacement. no cream or milk , which was my biggest barrier on starting the program. The vanilla pudding is creamy and it's easy to just add hot water and the instant coffee. Then another pudding drink for lunch, with the veggies I brought from the night before, and a head of lettuce with diced up dill pickles in it for flavoring. I've been eating a teeny bit less than two cups of veggies so I put WF dressing and pickles on my lettuce. I also have been using Tamari sauce, an allowed seasoning, on my salad just to get a change and real strong flavor. I just bring a bag of lettuce with a couple heads in it.
I've been eating mostly zuccini and broccoli for veggies, and cauliflower. Recently, I realized that even half a rutabega, or turnip, ( allowed but slightly higher carbs than green veggies ), almost taste like potatoes if I put salt and pepper on them. Cauliflower does this for me as well.

I also have an extra pack of pudding in my purse, in case I have to go somewhere on my way home from work and am starving. I don't like to do that, because I save that last pudding pack for my after dinner-before bed sweet "snack". but I have been glad a couple times that I had a pack with me, it kept me from craving other things. oh. I also started drinking my water with half a lemon squeezed in it, and I've been drinking my hot chai tea with half a lemon squeezed and several drops of nu-stevia.
I've not been real hungry on this diet, which is great. My weakness was sweets and baked goods, AT NIGHT. So the pudding shake at night helps a lot, and for some reason, the hot chai tea with lemon helps a lot.

I hope this helps. I got a lot of my tips from earlier threads and some in archives.

I'm just ending my second week and have lost 13 pounds, with one more day to go. wooo whooo!

IP43
01-27-2013, 11:29 PM
Ooooh --- someone should repost the pic of Rainbow's (I think??) travel bag that had all the fancy pockets, containers etc. By "someone" I don't mean me -- can't remember when I saw it but it was pretty cool.

IdealProteinNewbie
01-28-2013, 06:14 AM
Nice to see how you all prep your lunches. I got a few good tips from reading these. I too, keep a space in my desk drawer and a separate space in the lunch room to store packs of puddings ( which I use for shakes by adding more water. I want the collagen ) . I store sea salt , garlic flavored olive oil for salad, dried garlic in one of the plastic grinders it comes in, and Chai tea bags from Stash Tea. I also keep some persian cucumbers and a couple heads of romaine lettuce in the fridge in crisper drawer. Nomally, I pack my lunch the night before, which is a head of romaine lettuce and a pack of WF dressing, veggies that I cooked the night before at dinner, and a pudding pack to make a shake. I drink a vanilla pudding pack with hot, hot hot water and instant coffee in it for breakfast on my way to work. It's my Starbucks replacement. no cream or milk , which was my biggest barrier on starting the program. The vanilla pudding is creamy and it's easy to just add hot water and the instant coffee. Then another pudding drink for lunch, with the veggies I brought from the night before, and a head of lettuce with diced up dill pickles in it for flavoring. I've been eating a teeny bit less than two cups of veggies so I put WF dressing and pickles on my lettuce. I also have been using Tamari sauce, an allowed seasoning, on my salad just to get a change and real strong flavor. I just bring a bag of lettuce with a couple heads in it.
I've been eating mostly zuccini and broccoli for veggies, and cauliflower. Recently, I realized that even half a rutabega, or turnip, ( allowed but slightly higher carbs than green veggies ), almost taste like potatoes if I put salt and pepper on them. Cauliflower does this for me as well.

I also have an extra pack of pudding in my purse, in case I have to go somewhere on my way home from work and am starving. I don't like to do that, because I save that last pudding pack for my after dinner-before bed sweet "snack". but I have been glad a couple times that I had a pack with me, it kept me from craving other things. oh. I also started drinking my water with half a lemon squeezed in it, and I've been drinking my hot chai tea with half a lemon squeezed and several drops of nu-stevia.
I've not been real hungry on this diet, which is great. My weakness was sweets and baked goods, AT NIGHT. So the pudding shake at night helps a lot, and for some reason, the hot chai tea with lemon helps a lot.

I hope this helps. I got a lot of my tips from earlier threads and some in archives.

I'm just ending my second week and have lost 13 pounds, with one more day to go. wooo whooo!

Sounds like you have a great plan in place!

One thing I love to do is wash/scrub a turnip, pierce with a fork, steam in microwave until soft, cut open, spray with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" and sprinkle on sea salt and pepper = faux baked potato!!!

PS. If I'm feeling fancy I top it with a teaspoon of WF Blue Cheese dressing!

jenyvette
01-28-2013, 07:04 AM
I am a teacher and a mother of two small children. I must prepare everything on the weekend the portion it into serving sizes. I was doing veggie purees with an IP soup (got burned out on just soup eventhough the flavors were different), but this week I'm switching to veggie stir-fry with veggie omlet. Next week I might do both, so I don't get burned out.



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JudithL
01-28-2013, 07:53 AM
I like to pack a veggie stir fry with an IP potato pancake for lunch, but sometimes I like to take a pile of broccoli and drink a chocolate shake with coffee mixed in. I also add veggies to my soups sometimes. My favorite veggie is fresh jalapeños stir fried, yum!

lisa32989
01-28-2013, 08:37 AM
I like to pack a veggie stir fry with an IP potato pancake for lunch, but sometimes I like to take a pile of broccoli and drink a chocolate shake with coffee mixed in. I also add veggies to my soups sometimes. My favorite veggie is fresh jalapeños stir fried, yum!

OMG! Veggie stir fry with IP potato/zucchini muffins have become my new go-to! I dropped all the soups and most of the restricteds when I dropped soy. I'll have to try adding some jalapenos in my stir fry. I think just a few chops, tho.
I also do veggies with IP FHC omelet. Now, Jalapenos would really compliment THAT!